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My sweet Ollie.

Before we got a kitten, several people told me about how their kitties changed their lives for the better.  I now completely understand what they were saying.  Ollie is the sweetest little thing, and makes my day-to-day life (while Derek is at work) so much more exhilarating.  Such a great little guy.  He is growing up so much though…I just want him to be teensy forever.

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We are starting to make plans for the holidays.  Any suggestions on what we should do with Ollie while we are gone?  We don’t have many friends that will be in town, or who aren’t allergic, and while we could take him with us wherever we go, travelling with cats isn’t exactly the easiest thing ever.  Any suggestions?

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Meow!

Sigh…I just want a kitten.  Every day I look on Craigslist for kittens.  Derek and I will probably go to an adoption event at some point…possibly.  Then I just saw this post on a lovely blog that I frequently visit called Paper n Stitch.  Which just furthered my need for some feline love.  (Sorry all you cat-hater friends of mine out there…my cat is going to be the coolest though.  You’ll see.)

(All images from THIS post, which has their true photo credits.)

(FYI I just added in the “loneliness” bit to add a little drama…for the most part.  Haha.)

–In other news, I will be posting actual photos of my apartment soon.  It’s finally getting close enough to being finished-feeling that I feel like I can photograph it.–

5 weeks, & 5 days.

There is 5 weeks and  5 days until Derek and I finally get married!!!!  We can hardly believe it, and we are SO EXCITED for this to happen.

On July 11th Derek finally proposed to me, and totally surprised me and created the most gorgeous, amazing engagement ring ever.  I really couldn’t be happier.  We decided on August 8th, 2009 for our wedding date, as we wanted to make our trip to Italy for my best friend Katie’s wedding our honeymoon, which we are departing for on August 25th (and we’ve had our tickets purchased for months!).

We are having a super small, intimate wedding with only 70 of our closest friends and family.  While we sooo wish that we could invite everyone we know to celebrate with us, it just isn’t possible financially.  Fortunately, we are still able to have the most perfect wedding of our dreams!  :)  Our wedding will take place at Radonich Ranch in Los Gatos, in the Santa Cruz mountains.  It’s the most perfect, amazing, gorgeous location.  I kind of can’t even believe that it exists.

It will be a joyous occasion, and we cannot wait to celebrate!  To check out our engagement photos, and to see details about the event, check out our wedding website!  http://www.derandmelareinlove.com

Yay!!

I am horrible at this! {day 15}

I deeply apologize…I have been horrible at posting the last couple of days!!!  AAAHHHH!!!  But also, I DID post one one day, but for some reason it didn’t ever actually POST!  Stupid iPhone app….

Anyways, I am going to go ahead and not post like normal right now, and tell you all to please go to the Invisible Children website and take a look at “THE RESCUE”.  Its an event coming up on April 25th, and if you are in San Francisco, I will really be hoping that you will attend, as I am helping coordinate the event.  All I can say is, go watch the 30 minute film (link to the right, or below) on their website RIGHT NOW (or during your lunch break or something…that’s what I did!) to hear/see all about it.  You are needed.

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Love and peace to you all,

Melody

Welcome, baby Trust! {day 12}

My African family (Jackson, Ester, Talent and Joshua) welcome a new baby girl, Trust! I lived with them for 3 months in the summer of 2007 and every day I wish I was with them. I hope to meet little Trust some day soon. Below is a photo of Jackson, Ester and Trust! She’s so beautiful!


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He may have had 3 ice creams, some 
gummy bears, & chocolates all between the hours of 4:30 and 5:30pm, but hey, 🤷🏻‍♀️. It was the #museumoficecream for goodness sake! Such a fun afternoon! 🍦🍧🍭 #wildercobalt I’m so sad I missed this beautiful beach adventure @_derekhansen & #wildercobalt had this morning! Looks like my kiddo is busting some serious moves on this sand dune! 🕺🏼 Love you, my wild boy!
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📷: @_derekhansen Wilder was pretty sad to take down the Halloween decorations, so I pulled out some of my paper scraps from @urbanic and threw together a little Thanksgiving craft to hopefully start to get him excited for the next round of holidays! 🦃🎄🎅🏻 Of course I ended up doing 90% it it myself, but...🤷🏻‍♀️
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#wildercobalt #thanksgivingcrafts Started the day/night as a robot 🤖...ended it as a dragon 🐉. Super glad we put a solid 2 days of work into the robot costume, and I went to Target last night at 10:00 for the dragon as backup (#becausetoddlers). 🤷🏻‍♀️😂🙈 Wilder had a blast trick or treating, despite the fact he is battling a nasty cold. #wildercobalt #halloween2017 This little firecracker is everything x infinity + 1. I’m more thankful for him than I can express, & more blessed by him than he will ever know. #wildercobalt Last night was the first evening I've gotten to see our Halloween window after dark. That rose gold spider web is even more magical and glittery at night! So proud of our handiwork on this one! ✨🕸 We got our copy today, and Wilder, Dina and I read 1/2 of it before naptime! So so beautiful -- mind blowing work of art, @casey_fritz! ✨ Today Wilder and I had a major @disneyland / @californiaadventurepark adventure. We got there before the park opened, and stayed until almost 7pm (super long day for us, since we are pass holders)! The parks weren't even packed, we waited no longer than 15 min for anything, and did as much as we could pack in. At the end of the day, Wilder still didn't want to leave, so I promised another visit soon. Taking a kid this young can be a challenge, but to me it's the most magical age so far and it just gets better every time. He loves it, and plays hard, excited around every little turn. We had the most fun today, I feel so happy. We said goodnight to each other with a huge, super tight hug and big kiss. My sweet boy. 🎈✨ #wildercobalt #californiaadventure #disneyland Getting to spend the week with my family was so lovely, despite that pesky hurricane canceling all of our plans. The quality time we got together was precious. •
PLUS...happy birthday sweet Jude! You are 3! 🎈🎈🎈
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